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California wants all of the bots in the room to please stand up. Last week the state enacted a bill that makes it illegal to use undeclared bots to incentivize a sale or influence an election. A bot—at least according to California’s new law—is an automated online account where most of the posts or actions taken are not the result of an actual human being.

Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at fready@alm.com.

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